Avengers: Age of Ultron star Samuel L. Jackson is in talks with Fox to join the cast of Tim Burton‘s big-screen adaptation of Miss Peregrineâ€™s Home For Peculiar Children, according to Variety.
There’s no mention yet on which character Jackson will play in the story, based on the 2011 Ransom Riggs book of the same name published by Quirk Books. If negotiations go well, the 66-year-old actor will star alongside Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) and Eva Green (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 300: Rise of an Empire) in the film.
The story involves teenager Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield) who, after a family tragic, finds his way onto an island to a home where children with special abilities live and are watched over by their guardian, Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). While there, the boy comes upon monsters known as the â€œhollowsâ€ out to harm the children, but since only Jacob can see the creatures, it’s up to him to be the protector.
From a script by Jane Goldman, Miss Peregrineâ€™s Home For Peculiar Children hits theaters on March 4, 2016.
Jackson stars next in Kingsman: The Secret Service, which opens in theaters in the United States on February 13, 2015.
Here’s the official synopsis for the book:
A mysterious island.â€¨â€¨
An abandoned orphanage.â€¨â€¨
A strange collection of very curious photographs.â€¨â€¨
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrineâ€™s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrineâ€™s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehowâ€”impossible though it seemsâ€”they may still be alive. â€¨â€¨A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrineâ€™s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
“While many elements of the book have been used before â€” if you could imagine a pre-teen group of X-Men led by a Charles Xavier whoâ€™s more magic than mutant, you would get the idea. Here, they feel like theyâ€™re being incorporated for the first time. The magical elements (although hardly on the same level of Harry Potter) were compelling and well-infused into the narrative, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality to the point that it was difficult at times to know where one began and the other ended.”